Krakow Film Music Festival 2017
Music By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The biggest film festival in the world just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Organized by the Krakow Festival Office and RMF Classic, the Krakow Film Music Festival showcases musical interpretations of the moving image. Performances by leading musicians and orchestras, the festival is a unique concert experience consisting of music set to live screenings of spectacular films that are known for amazing cinematography, direction, plots and acting. Varese Sarabande Records, continuing with their longtime association with the event, has produced the official Krakow Film Music Festival CD 2017.
According to Producer Robert Townson, “The Krakow Film Music Festival has become the largest film music festival in the world. In producing the official Festival CD each year my task is to represent each of the composers who will be guests of the festival and also other music that will be performed live. I love that the result is a single CD that everyone is part of. This year's disc features music from five Academy Award®-winning scores: Howard Shore's The Lord of the Rings, John Williams’ Star Wars, Giorgio Moroder’s Midnight Express, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek’s Finding Neverland and James Horner’s Titanic.”
Featuring over seventy-five minutes of music by such well-known composers as Brian Tyler, Howard Shore, James Horner, John Williams, Jeff Russo and more, this 10th anniversary celebration’s concerts included “The Music of Abel Korzeniowski”, “Cinematic Piano”, “Dance2Cinema,” “FMF Youth Orchestra Plays Star Wars,” “Romance Before FMF: Dancing to Film Music,” and “The NeverEnding Story” and “Titanic” live-to-picture, all surrounding the central “All Is Film Music” anniversary Gala.
The album opens with Never Ending Story, a favorite of mine from the fantasy film The Neverending Story, composed by Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey and performed by Limahl. For some reason, this delighted me to no end. I was equally delighted to hear Bastians Happy Flight, another awesome mix of orchestral and electronic sound from the same film by Klaus Doldinger. Other enjoyable tracks included Giorgio Moroder’s Chase from Midnight Express, Bryan Tyler’s Symphonic Touge from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, James Horner’s Legends of the Fall, Howard Shore’s One Ring to Rule Them All from The Lord of the Rings, John Williams’ Star Wars Main Title and the medley of music from James Horner’s Titanic.
But to say that those were the only enjoyable tracks would be to discredit the amazing performances found on the Krakow Film Music Festival 2017 CD. In fact, any fan of film music would be delighted to own this album, filled with some of the most striking music from the most diverse of films: action, drama, suspense, horror, fantasy – all get represented on this album. The Krakow Film Music Festival 2017 CD is definitely a keeper.